research & analysis
Clients and Partners

 Trevor Baker, BA, MA, PG Dip HA, PG Dip Comp, Cert SSADM, Cert Nat Sci.

Trevor Baker has 20 years experience in social research, mainly into housing, health and disability. Some of his recent projects include Strategic Housing Market Assessments, an evaluation of a national scheme to support older people in their own home, modelling the effects on tenure of changes to housing benefits and modelling of local Gypsy and Traveller populations. Trevor is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Gaynor Mears OBE, MA, BA, AASW, Dip SW

Gaynor Mears has worked in the field of domestic abuse reduction for many years and has experience ranging from working directly with victims, developing domestic abuse services, through to being Eastern Region domestic abuse advisor. She has been a member of Home Office task groups and sat on a number of Home Office steering groups on domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Gaynor has conducted evaluations and reviews using a variety of research methods. These have included reviews of a Specialist Domestic Violence Court, a County Domestic Violence Advocacy Service, a review of Domestic Violence Organisational Structures and Strategy, and a Domestic Violence Homicide Review.

Jill Tuffnell, BSocSc, MA, MSc

Jill has extensive experience of research, particularly for local and regional government.  Jill specialises in researching housing, the economy and the labour market, underpinned with a very detailed knowledge of National Statistics, survey and administrative data.  Jill has worked on a number of studies involving housing and economic development.  She has undertaken projects for Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire Councils, including the validation of alternative growth scenarios and exploration of the implications of ‘recession-aware’ employment forecasts on population, labour supply and housing.  She has contributed specialist advice and analysis to a study commissioned by the West Midlands Regional Assembly on the impact of forecast changes in industrial structure and associated employment on demand for labour and also associated demand for housing by property type and tenure.

Jill has analysed local authority housing trajectories and investment programmes across the East of England, identifying barriers to development and the infrastructure required to ‘unlock’ both new build sites and regeneration opportunities.  She has drawn together assessments of affordable housing need across the region and has analysed the impact of the economic downturn on all the local housing authorities in the region.

Duncan Wood, B.SC., M.Sc.
Duncan Wood has a long track record of policy work in both central and local government, and started his working life in the voluntary sector.  As head of research for Essex CC, Duncan gave a much sharper focus to the joint strategic needs assessment for health and social care, gave a lead in designing and setting up the powerful new consumer champion Healthwatch Essex, developed action plans on key issues with the adult social care user groups, created a research network on crime for the Essex police commissioner, and introduced statistical modelling of both service demand and public opinion.  In 2014 he established Research for Communities Ltd as a new company, friendly, approachable and flexible, set up to provide research support to voluntary and community organisations.


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